Feminist Perspectives on Contemporary International Law

Between Resistance and Compliance?

Edited by: Sari Kouvo, Zoe Pearson

Now available in paperback, the essays in this volume analyze feminism's positioning vis-a-vis international law and the current paradigms of international law. The book's contributors argue that, willingly or unwillingly, feminist perspectives on international law have come to be situated between 'resistance' and 'compliance.' That is, feminist scholarship aims at deconstructing international law to show why and how 'women' have been marginalized. At the same time, feminists have been largely unwilling to challenge the core of international law and its institutions, remaining hopeful of international law's potential for women. The analysis is clustered around three themes. The first section, on theory and method, looks at how feminist perspectives on international law have developed and seeks to introduce new theoretical and methodological tools (especially through a focus on psychoanalysis and geography). The second part, on national and international security, focuses on how feminists have situated themselves in relation to the current discourses of 'crisis,' the post-9/11 NGO 'industry,' and the changing discourses of violence against women. The final section, on global and local justice, addresses some of the emerging trends in international law, focusing especially on transitional justice, state-building, trafficking, and economic globalization. The book is a comprehensive study of an interesting, thought-provoking subject. (Series: Onati International Series in Law and Society) [Subject: Public International Law, Gender and the Law, Socio-Legal Studies]

Publication Date: 8/28/2014
Format: Paper
ISBN: 9781849466585

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